This project will improve the flow of traffic through Midway Point, and will align with any future duplication of the causeways. Improved footpaths and bus facilities will also improve access in and around Midway Point.
Works commenced on the Tasman Highway through Midway Point in January 2021, and is expected to be complete in mid-2022, weather permitting.
The highway will be duplicated with traffic signals replacing the current roundabout at Penna Road.
The works during the first phase of the project will involve:
- Vegetation clearing from the rock face next to the Tasman Highway and between the two causeways.
- The demolition of two houses (1 Penna Road and 1–3 Fenton Street).
- Modifications to the existing roundabout.
- Closure of Raynors Road, which will become a cul de sac with no further access to Fenton Street.
- Excavation of approximately 9 metres of rock face next to the highway on the northern side will allow for the construction of two new lanes on the highway and additional turning lanes into Penna Road.
- Widening Penna Road where it intersects with the Tasman Highway to allow for the new slip lanes.
- Construction of two concrete retaining walls, one on both the eastern and western side of the Tasman Highway/ Penna Road intersection – bolts will be drilled into the rock face to anchor the new retaining walls.
- Screens and safety barriers will be installed to minimise the impacts of dust and keep debris and rock fragments away from the road.
- Realignment and installation of stormwater, sewer, water, power and NBN networks.
- Construction of new road pavement.
- Construction of a new eastbound bus stop.
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